Pine Belt mother still missing

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It's been more than five days since Brittany Nicole Crenshaw disappeared.

"[I'm] shocked, surprised. I couldn't believe it, I still can't believe it," said neighbor Randy Cullen.

"I think there's a lot more to this than just being a missing person," said neighbor Michael Cline.

"The 19-year-old mother to two-year-old little girl Brooklyn was last seen Thursday at Cullen RV Park in McLaurin, where she lives with her fiance Benjamin Davis. Davis says he last saw her when he left for work that morning.

"[I] filled the baby's cup up, gave her a hug and kiss again. I told her I loved her, she told me she'd see me when I got home," said Davis of that morning.

But several people here say Crenshaw was last seen asking the owner of the store nearby to unlock the laundromat, which is located on the side of the building. The owner told her it was unlocked and Crenshaw left. Crenshaw and the family laundry basket have been missing since.

"I come in around 8:00, 8:30 and I took a shower and got in the bed and I was going to wait up for her," said a tearful Davis Tuesday. "I don't know for sure what time I went to sleep, I had the TV on and I was going to wait up for her and I just fell asleep."

Davis reported Crenshaw missing to authorities early Friday.

"He came in and he told us she was missing and we went door to door here in the trailer park asking everybody if they'd seen Brittany. And nobody had seen Brittany," said neighbor Michael Cline.

"I can't believe she'd leave that little girl," said Randy Cullen, who lived across the road from the family and said he rarely saw Crenshaw without her daughter. "To me that doesn't make a whole lot of sense."

Neighbors say Crenshaw appeared to be a doting mother to Brooklyn.

"I asked her, I asked 'Where'd mommy go?', and she'd just say 'Outside, outside daddy'.

Forrest County Sheriff investigator Nick Calico says they have no leads, but a list of suspects. They've spoken to Crenshaw's fiance, staff at the store, Brittany's mother and a stepmother - with whom Crenshaw exchanged bitter words with over Facebook just two weeks ago.

"She had no modes of transportation, didn't have a cell phone or anything to contact somebody," said Calico.

Brittany would often walk down a short path - about 100 feet long - to get to the laundromat, that convenient store, and a busy Highway 49.

"Especially having a couple stores right in that area, that it could have been somebody that just came through," said Calico.

Police are planning to drag the pond next to the trailer and canvas the local woods.

"From every person that we've talked to, it's that she's a fighter. That she would have at least put up a struggle, some type of resistance and hopefully someone would have heard something or seen something," said Calico.